Work is continuing on a project which may become a Chick-fil-A on Kickapoo Street north of 45th Street.
The intended restaurant has been held up for a lengthy period due to issues with the land being in the flood plain.
Developer Warren Thomas said he has been working to raise the plot of land.
Nothing can be built on the land currently because it sits in the flood plain, and new structures cannot be placed in the flood plain, according to city ordinance.
Thomas has also been working to add appropriate drainage pipes so when the land is raised it can be removed from the flood plain, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards. FEMA regulates the flood maps, which determine which land sits in flood plains and flood ways.
Thomas could not be reached for comment as to when he expects the land improvements to be finished.
FEMA spokesman Phil Beasley said once the land improvements are completed the developer will have to submit an application for a letter of map revision (LOMR) in order to remove the parcel from the flood plain. A “certified declaration” must be included in the application.
The declaration, which must be from a certified surveyor or professional engineer, will confirm the submitted improvements are accurate.
Beasley said FEMA will then review the application, which generally takes six to eight weeks. He added this can take longer depending upon which applications have already been received and if there are any additional questions on the LOMR application.
“We process these just as quickly as possible,” Beasley said.
Beasley added that land removed from the flood plain in this manner may still be subject to flood insurance because that requirement is determined by an individual’s insurance company.